A hobby that includes the collecting of: matchbox labels, skillets, matchboxes, and their packaging; matchbook covers, matchbooks, and their packaging; and match holders, matchbox holders and matchbook holders. Margery Evans is credited with coining the term “Phillumeny” in 1943 – she was a prominent pre-war collector and President of the British Union of Match Box Collectors.

The collecting of firemaking appliances is not considered to be part of phillumeny despite some phillumenists also collecting them. For the etymology of phillumeny see phillumenist.

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